Saturday, June 15, 2013

Holly Streekstra - Mixed Media Installation

EMANATIONS, at TuckUnder Projects
Holly Streekstra

Name: Holly Streekstra
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Facebook page: Holly Streekstra

Holly Streekstra has exhibited at numerous venues, including the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Invisible Dog, Brooklyn; White Canvas Independent Film Festival, Székesfehérvár, Hungary; and the 4th International Video-Art Festival in Camaguey, Cuba. In 2008, she was a Jerome Foundation Fellow at Franconia Sculpture Park. In 2012 she won the Sun-der Preis in the international art competition Betwegter Wind in North Hessen, Germany. Streekstra received a Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since receiving an MFA in 2006, she has taught at various institutions in including Louisiana State University, Boise State University, Heron School of Art and Design, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In 2013 she will be a Fulbright Teaching Scholar in mixed media at Káposvar University, Káposvar Hungary.    

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I make 3D work that takes differing forms: video, sound, installation, sculptures. I am generally focused on an investigation of our inner subjective states and psychic vulnerability in contemporary life. Right now I am working on using more visceral materials in unexpected ways as opposed to the tableau vivant arrangements that I typically seem compelled toward. Its a challenge for me to break away from order and sense making but I really feel a transition occurring that is frightening and exhilarating. I hope you will join me to see how things come into shape.

Step on this Side of the Curtain. 2012. mixed media, found objects, digital audio, near-infrasonic tone, lighting, scent. 216in.x 204in. x132in. approx.
Created for TURF IDADA Art Pavilion (on view during 2012 Super Bowl—Indianapolis.)

How did you decide to become an artist?
Visual art is the only thing that felt natural. 

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 
''Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.'' -Jasper Johns

"Some people are even better at their second love than at their first… knowing there’s something they’d rather be doing gives them a certain freedom."- Andy Warhol

You Can Do Anything (14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge)-James Mangan

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?
I want to make art that people enjoy. I work hard to find opportunities and support that keep me busy with deadlines to make fresh work that will be seen.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 

A Co-Efficient of Weirdness. 2012. Mixed media installation, performance, artist’s book and set of divining cards at D’Clinic Studios, Lendava, Slovenia. Collaboration with Allison Halter (USA/Germany).

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I'm preparing for a show at TuckUnder Projects. 5120 York Ave S, Mpls, MN
June 27-July 28, with an opening on Thursday, June 27th 6-9pm.

In this recent installation, EMANATIONS, Streekstra creates an ontological microcosm by presenting objects and situations which serve as intermediaries for exploring trans-communication and states of Presence. Studio experiments featuring materializations with a grounded tangible presence (wax, fibers, and found objects) suggest eerie vacillations between mortal and ethereal. The work establishes an inquiry into reflexivity, highlighting the effects of imagination on perception through peculiar arrangements and manipulations referencing illusionist apparatus, apported gifts, and funerary forms.

You will also see work by Jenny Jenkins in the Leaky Sink Gallery
and Look (again) Residency by low tech/high joy Collaboration (Marlaine Cox and Karen Kasel)

Souvenir Horizon. 2012.mixed media installation at Look Gallery,Budapest. 
25”x8”x 6” approximate. (in construction)

Tuck Under Projects

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